What is Sweet Home?
Sweet Home is a website dedicated to making home where you want to be—whether alone or with family and friends.
It is designed to inspire and motivate you on all things home-related: cooking, kids, crafting, decorating, celebrating, gardening, and even traveling (we all have to leave the nest at some point, if just for a day or two!).
Just being at home may seem overwhelming though—the sheer enormity of interior projects, yard work, and laundry all staring you in the face. By posting tips, recipes, and ideas, my hope is to help make your home a haven, a place where you don’t feel burdened but buoyant—and truly feel that you’d rather be there than anywhere else in the world.
No worries if you don’t have a seven-bedroom Georgian house, a home is not about size, it’s about comfort, style, and graciousness. I’ve actually been in one-bedroom apartments that are more welcoming than large country houses—it’s all about the environment you create.
I share practical advice, home-project primers, and easy how-tos for all my ideas, from a simple table setting to an ambitious twelve-step handmade gift. My passion for parties (small and large) and weakness for fanciful creations, from handmade cards to three-tiered cakes, is unavoidable, so you’ll see lots on entertaining too. I include inspiration from outside the home as well, including galleries, restaurants, and more.
The goal: I want you to love being at home, to nurture yourself and others while there. Don’t just wait for the holidays—make every day a celebration. Live, love, laugh.
Make your home sweet.
…because I love being at home, spending time with my family, cooking, crafting, and entertaining. I actually care about light switch covers, and carefully choose the stamp that I put on invitations. This type of behavior may sound obsessive, and it probably is, but I truly love design and details.
My husband—an amazing cook—and kids—bakers and excellent shake makers—share my passions, too, which makes being at home all that more delicious. (Although my husband doesn’t really care about a matching stamp, at least he pretends to!). He will also patiently help me complete some cockamamy project I’ve started, glue gunning feathers on a forest of Styrofoam trees while watching a Philadelphia Flyer’s game. My kids are also the most amazing oompah-loompahs ever, often mixing up chocolaty confections in the kitchen, building enchanting fairy houses, or sewing some sort of stuffed creation.
My name is Rebecca Miller Ffrench and I’m a food and lifestyle writer, stylist, and event planner. I live in Upstate NY with my husband, Jim, and two girls, 12, and 9. While we still have our apartment in New York City, we gave up full-time city living for the country six years ago.
Our approximately 130-year-old farmhouse, which we bought 12 years ago, was not winterized, had drafts that felt like fans on high, and had over 40 bats living in the attic. We’ve faced many trials and tribulations (burst pipes, windows ripped off by bears) but have learned lots, and would like to share our nest-building process.
Most recently a Contributing Writer for Condé Nast’s now-defunct Cookie magazine, I have been writing and editing professionally for over 18 years. I’ve also been producing events and kids birthday parties since 1997 and am the author of Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Dessert Recipes and Ideas from Preserving Family History (Kyle Books, 2012).
I currently blog for babycenter.com and have written for Better, Homes and Gardens, Real Simple Family, and Martha Stewart Weddings. I have also been a staff member at Condé Nast Traveler, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Fodor’s Travel Guides and Town & Country magazine.